Judy Collins Dedicates Her Timeless Recording of ‘Amazing Grace’ to Doctors, Nurses and Patients Battling COVID-19 Around the World


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A few weeks back, a social media post on Facebook made the rounds depicting the sound of Judy Collins singing “Amazing Grace” reverberating through the streets of London, adjacent to Charing Cross Hospital.

With the world taken over by the coronavirus pandemic, the comfort of this timeless recording from Collins made for a wonderful video:

Heavenly happenings at Charing Cross Hospital London tonight as a choir sings out and can be heard in the surrounding streets. Especially close to our hearts – our road. It gave me goosebumps.

Posted by Jacquie Marsh on Thursday, April 2, 2020

It all seems to be the work of a priest named Pat Allerton, the vicar of St Peter’s, Notting Hill, who has gone around to various hospitals and facilities around London offering warm words, hymns and “Amazing Grace” played via speakers in his car as a gesture of healing:

Judy Collins has since issued a statement about her recording and the current situation facing the world:

“I recorded Amazing Grace with a group of friends at Saint Paul’s Chapel on the Columbia University campus in New York City. When my recording of Amazing Grace was released in the UK it went to number one on the music charts and then became enormously popular all over the world. It was written by John Newton in 1772, a man who evolved from slave ship captain to a writer of powerful hymns, and changed his entire life, becoming a model for spiritual transformation.

That’s what we need today once again. Stay safe, help others and pray for the planet. I am sending this song out to all the doctors, nurses and patients. We will survive this with love and music and amazing grace.”


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